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rocket fire directed at israel from hamas-controlled gaza, as well as militants and their supplies. israeli officials say three people are dead, 68 people have been wounded. officials put the gaza death toll at 104 with 860 people wounded. all the while world diplomats constantly are looking for some way to broker a cease-fire. in a little bit, you're going to hear my conversation with one of top negotiators attempting to achieve a cease-fire, the former british prime minister, tony blair. he's here in jerusalem. i spoke with him today. you're going to hear the interview. that's coming up later. we'll also hear from our cnn correspondents across israel as well as in gaza right now. earlier in the day, i went to orbkalon where i saw what was going on firsthand on the israeli side of the border. as soon as we got there, the sirens actually started going on. you could see people running towards shelters. i started running after israeli soldiers demanded that all of us -- our cnn crew, myself, we get to a shelter. usually they have about 30 seconds once the sirens go off before there a
in "the situation room." >>> don, thanks very much. happening now, fighting between israel and hamas militants gets more explosive with an attack that could help turn the conflict into a full fledged ground war. also, david petraeus emerges from the shadow of the scandal to testify before congress. did he clear up confusion about the attack on the u.s. diplomats in benghazi? and another high-profile republican now running away from mitt romney after he tried to blame his loss on so-called gifts from president obama. james carville and ari fleischer, they are here this hour. we're going to talk about the gop's hand wringing and back stabbing. i'm wolf blitzer. you're in "the situation room." >>> hamas militants -- [ gunfire ] -- there they are. hamas militants in gaza keep unleashing rocket attacks on israel and get alarmingly close to jerusalem. a new provocation as they continue the air assault on what it calls terrorist targets in za. the death toll i rising along wiars of anall-out israeli ground invasion. the israeli cabinet has just approved the call-up of 75,000 army reservists
between israel and hamas, experts say there will likely be a lot more bloodshed before the violence stops. and it's the gaffe that has some republicans shaking their heads. why mitt romney says obama won because of the gifts he gave. >>> good morning, everyone. i'm randi kaye. it is 10:00 on the east coast, 7:00 a.m. on the west. we start in gaza this hour, as people there have to fear death from above. israeli war planes have been relentless in their attacks on targets in gaza. they are hunting rocket launchers, but dozens of civilians have been killed as a result. the latest round of this conflict started wednesday, and there is no end in sight. sarah sidener is in gaza city for us. what are you seeing at this hour? are you hearing or seeing any air strikes? >> reporter: we're hearing drones above, but just five minutes before we started this show, we saw rockets coming out of central gaza, literally a few hundred yards away from us. we could see the rockets going up into the air, and they were sort of white, and then they would disappear and they were pointed, of course, towards israel
wednesday. meanwhile militants on the other side have fired more than 200 rockets into israel. israel is massing troops near the border with gaza. they have got 30,000 troops there now and have 75,000 reservists getting ready. at least 42 people have died since the operation began. meanwhile, world leaders including representatives from the united states and the u.n. are calling on both sides to show restraint, but restraint seems to be in short order right now. ourarah sidner is live in gaza with a bird's eye view of the conflict. are you seeing more air strikes right now? >> reporter: absolutely, and in just the past few minutes we could hear the loud blasts of air strikes all night long into morning, 6:00 or 7:00 in the morning, blast after blast after blast and could look into the sky and see rockets coming from here in gaza city into israel. i want to show you a picture that our photographer dan morgan was able to take last night around 3:30 in the morning. he's pointing his camera towards what was the police headquarters. hamas police headquarters when he saw this picture. it wa
are positioned at the border, poised to launch a ground attack if the order comes. israel's cabinet has authorized the call-ups of up to 75,000 reservists. a member of israel's government who is not aligned with prime minister netanyahu's coalition, said the violence seems to be beyond control, end quote. the u.s. state department is calling it a very dangerous situation. president obama talked to the leaders of israel and egypt and we are told secretary of state clinton has been working the phones trying to muster international pressure to diffuse the situation rockets have been flying both ways. that was an israeli missile strike right there in gaza. israel is aiming at terrorist targets and that's what it looks and sounds like from a distance. here it is up close during an interview with an israeli and palestinian who are in the thick of it. >> let me jump in there, mohammed. when you hear him describe the situation where he is, what goes through your mind? >> sorry. that is one thing. carry on with your question. [ indiscernible ] >> the palestinian health minister says at least 30
>>> that's it for us. we'll be back one hour from now with all the latest from israel and gaza with the fighting there. "piers morgan tonight" starts now. >>> good evening. we start with breaking news tonight. you're looking live at israel, close to the gaza border, where fears of a ground water between israel and hamas are growing. air strikes have already killed 19 palestinians and three israelis as rockets and shells rain down on both sides. it's an extraordinarily dangerous situation. we'll go live to the region in a few moments. >>> meanwhile, a storm is brewing on capitol hill over benghazi. in closed door sessions, lawmakers saw a disturbing video from the night of the deadly attack. sources tell cnn it shows ambassador christopher stevens being dragged out of the compound. republicans are still blasting the white house response to that attack. i'll talk to senator john mccain in a minute. >>> in new york city, president obama meets with storm survivors where more than 25,000 households are still without power. more than two weeks after super storm sandy hit. >>> we begi
. we will stay on top of that. >>> fighting between israel and palestinian has come to a temporary halt. israeli officials agreed to stop the wave of air strikes on gaza while the egyptian prime minister visits. >>> there is hope that egypt's leader will be able to broker some sort of truce between hamas and israelis. earlier 100 missiles landed in gaza bringing the death toll there to 19. >>> a record settlement for the worst environmental disaster in u.s. history. bp will pay a $4.5 billion fine and plead guilty to criminal charges stemming from the explosion on the deep water horizon oil rig in 2010. 11 workers were killed. 172 million gallons of crude oil spewed into the gulf of mexico over 85 days. bp still faces a larger fine for violating the clean water act. >>> we have some pretty stunning new video of hurricane sandy's assault on new york and new jersey. surveillance video shows a transit station in hoboken, new jersey, being flooded by torrents of water gushing from an elevator shaft. train service is still disrupted because of the storm. president obama, yesterday, paid his
civilians on both sides of the deadly conflict between hamas and israel spent another night in fear. we'll have the latest on the demands to end the brutal fighting there. >>> also this half hour, teenagers obsessed with their bodies. why some will stop at nothing to get pumped up and ripped up. the warning signs and advice for parents, however, before it's too late. i mean you always -- it's good to see teen ablers are really taking afternoon investment in their bodies and working out. but some of the o'things they're doing to get the bodies are worrisome. >> people go to extremes. nothing in the extreme is good. the story clearly will point >>. nothing in the extreme is good. the story clearly will point that out. stay tuned for that. >>> then later he won a long list of award at the big amas over the weekend and now justin bieber is getting more attention because of his love life and the scene that he made in public. we'll have the scoop coming up in "the skinny." >> uh-huh. >>> but first a frightening new twist this morning in the deadly blast that leveled a neighborhood in indianap
this morning. it's changing by the minute out of israel. this morning israeli tv reporting three israelis were killed in rocket strikes in the southern part of the country. this comes as the israeli military has launched an aggressive new campaign to cripple hamas after repeated rocket attacks. as many as 750 this year, they say, launched from gaza into southern israel. last night president obama spoke on the phone with prime minister benjamin netanyahu acknowledging israel's right to defend itself but also urging him to not have civilian casualties. this youtube video showing an air strike yesterday killing the top military commander of hamas. it was part of a widespread campaign against targets that the israeli military says it will broaden in the coming days. this morning defense forces dropped leaflets over gaza warning residents to stay away from hamas operatives. on twitter, a clear message from israeli defense forces. quote, we recommend that no hamas operatives, whether low level or senior leaders, show their faces above ground in the days ahead. president obama also spoke last night w
waving because of an impending decision at the united nations. i'll ask israel's ambassador to the united states why he thinks -- why his country thinks the u.n.'s possibly interaction is a bad idea. i'm wolf blitzer. you're in "the situation room." >>> we begin with today's hard words in the negotiations to avoid the so-called fiscal cliff. that steep across the board spending cut and tax increase scheduled to hit in just 33 days. in a scathing assessment today, the speaker of the house john boehner says there's been no substantive progress on a deal. need to realize there can be no deal without tax rates going up for top earners. let's go live to our chief white house correspondent jessica yellin. she's got more on the latest developments. tough talk from both sides, jessica. >> reporter: tough talk and some bright lines, wolf. on the same day that treasury secretary tim geithner went to capitol hill to meet with both democrats and republicans to talk about these negotiations, there is tense body language and tough words on both sides of pennsylvania avenue. they're starting to sound du
. israel and palestinians in gaza are lobbing hundred of rockets at each other. >> it is a war that threatens to pull at its neighbors and possibly the united states as well. abc's global affairs anchor christieian amanpour is in jerusalem where you can imagine tensions are extremely high. >> reporter: after days of tit-for-tat attacks between israel and palestinians in gaza, the israeli military stepped up, operating pillar of defense. its first target was al jabari, a military chief if hamas. israel and the west call a terrorist organization. the israeli defense forces proudly hailed his assassination, releasing this poster. but his death was just the beginning. five of the palestinians killed so far were children. including this 11-month-old baby, held in the arms of his father, a local journalist for the bbc who asked, what did my son do to die like this? the hamas leader vowed revenge telling reporters, israel started this war, but they will never know its end. our rockets will hit tel aviv. we have plan in place, and they will regret what they did. and hamas made good on
straight day. president obama defends israel's right to self-defense. our correspondents have tlatest from the war zones. >>> could the woman at the center of the petraeus scandal now face prosecution? >>> those red light cameras that target drivers may actually be against the wall. >>> we begin with today's eye opener. your world in 90 seconds. >> israel launched new strikes this morning. attacks enter their sixth day. >> israeli air strikes pound gaza. >> still blasting away at rocket sites. plenty of civilians caught in the cross-fire. >> also two media centers -- whoa! that was a rather large explosion. >>> hamas leaders demanding israel and its blockade of gaza. >> it's looking more and more like everybody's looking for a way out. the question is in a region like this, can they find one? >>> this morning the president game the first american president to visit the asian nation of burma. >> mr. obama met with pro-democracy activist aung san suu kyi at the same lakeside villa where she spent 15 years under house arrest. >>> paula broadwell at the center of the david petraeus scandal has
are gaining, what israel thinks it's losing. i'll talk to both sides. >>> and why a top senate democrat calls the vote provocative and reckless. >>> plus, a return of the most feared man in boxing. iron mike tyson. unvarnished, as always. >> i never had any happiness. >> mike tyson on the state of america -- >> the republican party has to somehow change. >> -- to the state of lindsey lohan. >> she's not as bad as i was but she's catching up. >> this is "piers morgan tonight." >>> good evening. you're looking at palestinians celebrating in the streets of ramallah after a history-making vote at the u.n. it granted status to nonmember observer state. what does that really mean to both sides? i will talk to the chief palestinian negotiator and to israel's ambassador to the u.n. >>> we begin with the ultimate power lunch at the white house. president obama and mitt romney face-to-face for the first time since the election and talk about a picture's worth 1,000 words. try a million for this one. only one word really you need which is awkward. just after this lunch took place, the president offered
. >>> but first right now, the truce between israel and hamas appears to be hold are for now. there have been no significant attacks in the hours since the first agreement was announced. >> but the basic holt tilt between the two enemies remains there. abc's mark greenblatt joins us. >> reporter: good morning. just hours after the cease-fire went in effect, the israeli defense forces have announced they've tracked five more rockets going from israel into gaza, a sign of just how fragile the situation over there remains. in gaza, celebratory gunfire and cars honking their horns as a cease-fire takes in effect between israel and hamas. >> united states welcomes the agreement today for a cease-fire in gaza. for it to hold the rocket attacks. >> reporter: just hours before, a bomb tore through this bus in tel aviv, as secretary of state hillary clinton worked frantically with the egyptian foreign minister to broker a truce. both sides claim a tenuous hold as a victory. israeli president benjamin netanyahu thanks the leader him for the stakes leading up to the truce. supporting israel's right to d
conference since the election. and israel retaliates for rocket attacks with deadly strikes and extremist targets. now hamas is warning that the gates of hell have been opened. i'm wolf blitzer. you're in "the situation room." >>> eight days after his re-election, president obama faced reporters in the midst of an unfolding scandal and with a potential economic crisis holding over his head. but he only got riled up when he responded to republican criticism of his united nations ambassador susan rice. more on that coming up. standby. but first, the president's careful responses about the investigation of this former cia chief david petraeus and on negotiations to avoid what's called the fiscal cliff. our white house correspondent jessica yellin was over at the east strip of the white house. you had a chance to speak to the president and ask him about that looming fiscal cliff. >> reporter: hi, wolf. that's right, i did. i asked the president why anyone should believe that he won't cave off of his position that he will not extend bush tax cuts for the wealthiest since he did just that in 20
two 2 1/2 hours the u.n. set to recognize palestine as a state. while israel and the united states oppose the vote the palestinians are expected to receive overwhelming support in the general assembly. in europe several countries, including france, spain, denmark, have announced they will vote to approve palestine ace nonmember state. and in a blow to u.s. and israeli opposition, germany said this morning it will abstain rather than voting no. america's closest ally the united kingdom is expected to abstain. palestinians are also receiving support from israel's former prime minister, who hold "the daily beast," quote i believe the palestinian request from the u.n. is congruent with the basic concept of the two state solution. i see no reason to oppose it. once the united nations will lay the foundations for the idea we and israel have to encourage a serious -- engage in a serious process of negotiations. hillary clinton disagrees. >> we oppose palestinian efforts to upgrade their status at the u.n., outside of the framework of negotiations to achieve a two-state solution because, n
you what kind of concern is it that the egyptians have now pulled their ambassador from israel? are you concerned about your other neighbors who themselves are suffering through some extraordinarily tough times right now -- syria, lebanon, jordan? >> unfortunately, we don't have an ambassador here, and i appreciate the presence of egyptian as well as -- but we cannot argue if he wants to call it's unfortunate that the egyptian ambassador had to go, so we will see, but that should not be a reason to stop any kind of -- that we have to face. >> israeli defense minister ehud barack joining us live from tel aviv. do stay safe, and we wish the best for not only the people of israel, but the palestinians, and we hope that you can somehow come to some kind of a consensus to stop this violence between your two parties. thank you for being with us and for answering. our apologies for the difficult connection, but we have been struggling throughout the hour to make that connection with the defense minister, and now we know why. the air raids going in israel. particularly in tel aviv. tha
deadly fighting between israel and hamas. a scandal plagued general on capitol hill. david petraeus testifies about benghazi. >>> and mitt romney speaking out about his election loss, blaming what he called gifts the president gave to people who voted for him. >>> we want to welcome our viewers in the united states and around the world. i'm wolf blitzer. you're in "the situation room." >>> we're following the fighting between israel and hamas. the two sides trading rocket and missile fire with deadly results. let's take you now to the cnn center for the very latest. >> all right, wolf, thank you very much. israeli troops are amassing on the border, waiting for the world to shoulder their weapons and cross into gaza. for people in both gaza and israel, this war is well under way. that is what this war sounds like in israel. wailing sirens warning an hamas ha rocket is only seconds away. this is video from the israeli defense force, a missile hitting a home of a hamas leader. they're proof that the exploesers are stored in buildings. spearheading talks aimed at ending the violence. it
prime minister salam fayyad. he's in washington to attend the 2012 saban forum on u.s./israel relations. it's my understanding you were against this at first. is that true? and if so, how do you feel now? >> no. i never was against it. as a matter of fact, i was very much a part of the thinking -- >> did you think it was time now? or some time down in the future? >> given the frustrations that we palestinians have had with the political process, it has not been productive. there's no question that we needed to pursue any and all available options to us. and the international law -- with the national diplomacy. and this was one of them. the question for me all along was how best to do it. provide us with some leverage going forward because what we really want end of day is genuine state where our people can live as free people with dignity. >> at the end we were just talking in the break, does this end up helping or hurting your relationship with the united states, your pursuit of something even more tangible? >> i think it depends a lot on what is done to deal with it. and whether or no
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of military activity in the middle east and it may push israel to the brink of war in gaza where militants fired more than 100 rockets in recent days, sparking retaliatory airstrikes from israel. this comes amid fears that israel, by far our closest ally in the middle east could be drawn into syria's civil war. now that its tanks struck a syrian artillery launcher after a stray mortar shell flew into the golan heights. the fighting from syria reaching turkey for the second straight day. leland vittert is live in jerusalem with the latest. leland? >> reporter: rick, right now the big concern in terms of the civil war is just how close the syrians civil war is getting to its borders, namely with turkey and also here with israel. the airstrikes we have watched over the past couple of days along the turkish border were shots from turkey, meaning that is how close the planes were and the turks for their part have promised to shoot down any syrian air force jet that ends up inside turkey airspace. that of course could have a whole cascading range of effects going down. the air force for the syri
no idea he is in the cross hairs. then what israel called a surgical strike. in the blink of an eye, israel had killed one of its most wanted. jabari who for a decade led hamas' attacks against israel. the assassination the beginning of a barrage of air strikes on gaza that also targeted hamas' rockets. at least ten people were killed and dozens more wounded. we're at the beginning of the event said the israeli defense minister not at the end. israel's military warned hamas operatives not to show their faces above ground. hamas which controls the gaza strip and committed to israel's destruction fired rockets into southern israel and vowed revenge. saying the assassination, quote, opened the gates of hell. >>> now to the investigation into the deadly meningitis outbreak. after getting grilled on capitol hill, the head of the fda has asked congress for more authority to oversee pharmacies like the one that sparked this outbreak. the owner of the massachusetts company was also in the hot seat, but he was not offering too much information. >> what explanation can you give the families?
to witness the vote. the united states, israel and other western countries oppose this move by the palestines. palestinians. more than a dozen european countries are supporting this rez lug. the uk says it may vote yes pending a couple of conditions. the u.s. has supported a two-state resolution for palestinians and israelis. why do american officials oppose u.n. recognition? >> for the most part it won't give the palestinians what they want, which is an actual state. this vote is largely symbolic. it would have no effect on the palestinian sovereignty or borders or any of the things they're looking for. israel is vehemently opposed to this vote. it said it threatened to cut off aid to the palestinians, impose new checkpoints if they do so. what the u.s. is fearing here is that if this vote goes ahead, and we see that it's pretty much a guarantee that it will -- that the palestinians will be upgraded at the u.n., basically it's not going to lead to anything good on the ground. what the u.s. is afraid of is that it will lead to more violence if the palestinians don't see their state actually r
important man in the middle east and boasts an exclusive interview credited with getting israel and gaza to end fighting. let's bring in the "time" bureau chief and got the interview and joins us from tel aviv. thank you for joining us and why is morsi the most important man in the middle east? >> well, for a couple of reasons. i mean, one he is just sort of central to, you know, the sort of what they call a new sunni axis of influence. sort of powerful country is counterweight to iran emerging, you know, thinking of qatar in the gulf and turkey, certainly. egypt is just always been. it's the largest most populace county and the sort of anchor. if you're the president of egypt, you should be the most important person in the middle east and the circumstances also favoring morsi and the other reason is because he holds the sort of future of egypt in his hands right now and another revolution with what he does in the coming couple of months. >> carl, i thought it was interesting you spoke with him about his relationship with president obama. and he seems to think it's a good one. >> yeah. t
and have an impact and obviously israel, which is having already grave concerns as we do about, for example, movements of chemical weapons that might occur in such a chaotic atmosphere. and that could have an impact not just within syria, but on the region as a whole. i'm encouraged to see that the syrian opposition created an umbrella group that may have more cohesion than they had in the past. we're going to be talking to them, my envoys will be traveling to, you know, various meetings that are going to be taking place want international community and the opposition. we consider them a legitimate representation of the aspirations of the syrian people. we're not yet prepared to recognize them as some sort of government in exile, but we do think that it is a broad-based representative group. one of the questions that we're going to continue to press is making sure that opposition is committed to a democratic syria, an inclusive syria, a moderate syria. we have seen extremist elements insinuate themselves into the opposition. and, you know, one of the things we have to be on guard about, par
? and what does that mean for is cale and the -- israel and rest of the middle east? former ambassador to the u.n. dan gillerman will be with us moments away. he will give us his perspective coming up. bill: a surprise announcement from israel. president ehud barak says he is quit politics but will stay on after the january elections in israel. often seen as a moderating force and in considering possible military action. he is 70 years old. he says he wants to spend more time with his family. that news out of israel. martha: it is a very busy morning here in "america's newsroom.". ahead evidence iran has used the recent israel-gaza crisis as a bit of distraction from the rest of the world. we have details on secret operations ahead in a fox news exclusive. bill: was this a white house cover up after the days after the attacks in benghazi and the days before? there are new allegations from leading republicans on that. kt mcfarland will break it down. >> it is assumed the proportions of any other major scandal in this town. there are many layers to the onions. there are all kinds of ques
israel killed the military leader of the palestinian militant group hamas, in an air strike. look. this is the car in gaza, carrying the hamas commander as an israeli rocket hits it. israel said this was retaliation for rockets fired by palestinian militants. overall, israel hitting 20 targets. it's being called the most serious escalation in violence there in four years. >>> and back here at home, a very big drama today, about the meningitis outbreak. the man who owns that drug factory, contaminated by fungus, came to be grilled on capitol hill. and in the same room, the families of those who died, giving gripping testimony, saying, it is a nightmare that will not end. here's abc's david kerley. >> reporter: the man whose company produced drugs that sickened and killed so many -- >> anything you can say to them? >> reporter: ran a gauntlet of reporters. >> why not? >> reporter: he said nothing about his pharmacy that made drugs for debilitating back pain. the conditions were deplorable. dirty floors, clean rooms with mold or bacterial growth. the steroids produced here infected e
with israel, and the united states. and anybody else belonging to the u.n. just for some context here, though, the plo has been a permanent observer. that's been their status since 1974. and that has given palestinians the right to speak out and be heard at the assembly. but it doesn't give them a right to vote. richard roth, who covers the u.n. extensively and is our cnn favorite on this topic, is there to really give a little more context as to what they wanted to and what kind of status it would give them and how far up in status it would actually elevate them. richard, tell us what it means. >> okay. first, just to clarify, hamas not really here with the palestinians. the palestinian president abbas is in new york, met with the secretary general last night. yes, this is, as usual with the u.n., words matter. sometimes one letter in a document could be a time bomb. what we have here is the u.n. upgrading later today the status of the palestinians here. they are in effect going to become sort of a state within a group of states. but really, as you mentioned, they won't have the right to vot
of a palestinian state. that's a move fiercely opposed by the u.s. and by israel. however, in the west bank, fireworks went off and the celebration was on. the vote upgraded palestine to a nonmember, nonvoting observer status at the u.n. the palestinian delegation unfurled its flag right there on the floor of the general assembly. the u.s., israel, and allies oppose the vote saying it was all premature. >>> the american soldier accused of leaking a trove of classified documents to wikileaks will be questioned in a military court again today. private first-class bradley manning took the stand in a pretrial hearing yesterday making his first public statement since his arrest two years ago. manning wants his case thrown out, claiming he suffered unlawful punishment during his first year in detention. >>> there are reports of a settlement in a sex scandal that made international headlines. no details yet on the agreement between former international monetary fund chief dominique strauss-kahn. you guys probably remember this story. as well as the new york city hotel maid who had accused him of s
between israel and hamas? they're happening in egypt today. >> and $59 billion! retail records broken as americans crowded stores for some competitive shopping over the weekend. and now cyber monday is here. will shoppers be in even more of a spending mood? >> you want to talk about money? a new powerball jackpot. a new record in the cash payout. it's unreal. >> a packed two hours ahead for you this morning. new jersey congressman bill pascrell will be joining us, grover norquist, jamie rubin, dr. hanan ashrawi, will be our guest, peter billingsley from a christmas story, and grinle college hoops star jack taylor. remember him? big game he had the other day. and the one and only tony bennett, monday, november 26th. welcome, everybody, "starting point" this morning. is that a hint of compromise in the air on capitol hill? 35 days left till we reach the fiscal cliff. and a couple of key republicans are now suggesting that they're willing to forego their no tax pledge to try to get a budget deal done and avoid massive tax hikes, and spending cuts that will come in the new year. brand-new
radioactive element called polonium. they believe israel is behind any poisoning of arafat. the spokesman for benjamin netanyahu tells our own wolf blitzer that they had nothing to do with arafat's death. he died in 2004 after having a brain hemorrge and slip sboog a coma. and the justice department started talks on the fast and furious lawsuit. republicans want to force attorney general eric holder to turn over certain documents tied to the gun trafficking operation. the obama administration has withheld these documents under executive privilege. holder tells cnn "i think there's a deal that can be struck." and we will bring you more on this very important story in the next hour of "the situation room." and the u.s. navy wants to replace the aging fleet of marine one helicopters. reuter reports the navy plans to buy 25 new helicopters used to transport the president. that's according to a draft request for the proposal. the first of the new helicopters would be ready in 2020. you might recall in 2009 the navy failed at its attempt to buy new marine one helicopters when a program run by l
in the middle east, after israel unleashes a deadly assault that takes out a leader of hamas? >> growing tension in the area of the country. a hot spot. >>> we'll head to the great northwest on the trail of bigfoot. we follow the die-hard big foot hunters determined to track down the legendary beast. >>> and one week until thanksgiving. rub your belly, please. i can't wait to eat. >> it's time. >> disney our parent company helping usher in the season with colorful windows and clothes and all for a very good cause. >>> but first, the president takes a one-day break from his budget crisis to view firsthand all the mess that sandy left behind here along the east coast. new york governor andrew cuomo and new york city mayor michael bloomberg will accompany the president has he views the damage. >> the trip follows his first news conference of the president's second term. abc's jonathan karl was there. >> reporter: in his first comments on the sex scandal that brought down his cia director, the president said petraeus failed to meet his own standard but he also praised him. >> we are safer because of
, on the constitution and the attack on the judges right after he brokered the deal between israel and hamas. so he was already rending services in the international community and then asking for a license at home. it's really basically a page from the book of hosni mubarak. i think in washington, there is great uncertainty, what to do with the islamists in power. this is not just from this crisis of november 2b 22nd, this crisis of the last week behind us. this has been the case since the fall of the dictatorship of hosni mubarak, what to do with the islamists in egypt, what to do with the islamists in tunisia and what to do with the rise of the islamists in the region as a whole. >> over the weekend, senator john mccain said, our dollars will be directly related to the progress towards democracy. if you add up all the economic and military assistance the u.s. gives egypt every year, it's about $1.5 billion. should that be used as leverage to try to get egypt back on this democracy road? >> well, i usually have great deference to the opinions of senator mccain. i see things on national security th
cause of death is listed as a stroke. many palestinians believe he was poisoned by israel. that something israel denies. the bottom line here in life he was controversial and in death, bill, he also remains very controversial. bill: what is this pallonium poison? >> it is a radioactive element that can be extremely, extremely deadly. according to u.s. regulatory, nuclear regulatory commission it emits radiation that can essentially destroy human tissue. it can not we are told penetrate skin. if ingested it can cause deadly harm to dna, to main body organs and as well as we are told the immune system. and this particular isotope is so powerful, bill, that we're told that an amount as small as the size of a grain of salt can be deadly. another thing to keep in mind is that it decays very, very quickly. it has a very short half-life. in other words, officials say, after 2 1/2 years it might be very hard to detect. that means after arafat has been buried since 2004, whatever results are reached might in fact be inconclusive. bill? bill: david lee miller, a good mystery you hav
that would boost their status on the world stage. the united states and israel have lobbied hard against the move warning it could backfire and actually set back palestinian hopes for full statehood and negotiated peace. but with some key european nations on board, palestinians view the vote as a game changer. cnn's frederik pleitgen reports from the west bank city of ramallah. >> reporter: the final rally before heading to new york, palestinian president mahmoud abass addressing supporters. the final decision is to head to the united nations tomorrow he says to enhance the position of palestine to an observers state in the united states and the first step to achieve all our national palestinian rights. if the palestinians win a majority in the u.n. general assemb assembly, the u.n. will recognize palestine as a nonmember observer state like the vatican. its territory to include the west bank, gaza and east jerusalem. >> for the world to begin to rectify a grave historical unjustice that the palestinians had undergone beginning with the creation of the state of israel in 1948. >> reporte
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